Edmonton Oilers trade Devan Dubnyk for Matt Hendricks

Devan Dubnyk

Devan Dubnyk, Edmonton Oilers. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

BLOCKBUSTER! Well, not quite, but the Edmonton Oilers have finally made that goaltender trade everyone has been speculating they would since the season began. Except, instead of acquiring a goaltender, the Oilers unloaded one, to the struggling Nashville Predators.

Here is the deal: Edmonton Oilers trade Devan Dubnyk to Nashville Predators for C Matt Hendricks.

In return for the six-foot-six crease commander, the Oilers receive some depth at centre in Hendricks. He won’t score a bunch of goals, or boost the power-play, but Hendricks will help the Oil’s penalty-kill, and provide them with solid bottom six minutes. He’s a gritty player with more than 300 games of NHL experience.

The Preds have desperately needed a goaltender since Pekka Rinne fell ill with a hip infection in late October of this season. Last season saw a playoff miss in Nashville, and with Rinne sidelined for the bulk of 2013-14, an 82 game and done campaign appears to be in the works. The Predators sit second last in the Central Division, 8 points out of the final wild card spot. Wins are a must moving forward – Dubnyk will be tasked with helping to earn those wins.